NHS Welcomes Radiation Oncologist

NHS Welcomes Radiation Oncologist

NHS is pleased to welcome Dr. Frederick Willison, a radiation oncologist at NHS’s Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center.  Willison replaced Dr. Daniel Murphey following Murphey’s unexpected death in 2017. “I was close personal friends with Daniel P. Murphy, M.D., the former medical director who passed away unexpectedly last year.  I worked closely with him as a colleague and knew of the potential for NHS from that relationship,” said Willison.  “I have also worked closely with several of the Warren Clinic medical oncologists in Tahlequah for over 20 years.  Those relationships created a natural fit.  In addition, the executive leadership of NHS is uniquely collaborative and inspirational.  They are dedicated to moving the health system into the forefront of medical care in Oklahoma through partnerships with physicians.” Willison graduated from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.  He completed his radiation oncology residency at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, however, radiation oncology wasn’t his immediate choice. “I started a residency in Internal Medicine with plans to be a cardiologist until I did an elective in radiation oncology,” said Willison.  “I learned that I loved the patients, the technology, and the possibility of completely curing life-threatening problems.  The serious nature of the illness creates a special bond between doctor and patient.  The field presents daily challenges to win the most important battle a person may ever face.  New technologies are frequently developed providing a lifelong opportunity to learn new things with great potential.” Like his predecessor, Dr. Murphy, Willison is known as one of the premier radiation oncologists in northeast Oklahoma. “We have been very blessed to have two of...